Van Meter High School’s Haley Forret has signed a national letter of intent to attend Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and play softball.

Forret is the second student-athlete to commit to the DMACC softball program for the 2019-20 school year. Fort Dodge High School’s Daphne Alstott has also committed to the DMACC softball program for the 2019-20 school year.

Forret said there are a number of reasons she chose DMACC, the success of the softball program being one of them.

“I really like the facilities DMACC has,” Forret said. “It has always seemed like DMACC has a hard-working and dedicated (softball) program.

“I also like the school in general. I like how it is a smaller campus and I feel like I can meet people easily. The housing is very nice and I know I can live comfortably (at DMACC).”

Forret said that in visiting with the DMACC softball coaches and watching the team play, it is her perception that the coaches recruit talented and hard-working players and have gotten considerable success from those players.

“I played high school softball with (former DMACC All-American) Bailey Richards, who recently graduated from DMACC and has gone on to play Division I softball,” Forret said. “I learned from her how great and successful this program is and how it can really form players to play at the Division I level.”

Forret said she was impressed with her visits to DMACC and how the coaches stressed the importance of academics.

“Being an athlete in college can be more challenging because you have to find time for your studies,” Forret said. “With (the DMACC softball program), it doesn’t seem like it will be a problem finding time for school work.”

Forret said she has been able to take college credit classes while in high school and that when she gets to DMACC she will be able to continue taking classes that are related to her interests and will allow her to make sure of her major before she transfers to a four-year college or university.

“Attending DMACC will help me further my athletic plans because I know that it will shape me into being the best athlete I can be,” Forret said. “It will prepare me to play softball at the next level and give me many opportunities to see where I can transfer in the future.”

Forret hit .506 for the Bulldogs this past season, collecting 42 hits in 83 at-bats. Her hits included eight doubles and two home runs. She drove in 36 runs, scored 29 runs and stole eight bases. As a pitcher, Forret compiled an 11-1 record with a 3.41 earned run average. She worked 78 innings, surrendering 60 runs (38 earned runs) on 108 hits. She struck out 36 batters and walked 16. Forret had a .920 fielding percentage, finishing the season with 73 assists, 19 putouts and eight errors from 100 total chances.

Forret has participated in softball, volleyball and track in high school and earned numerous all-conference, all-district and all-state honors in softball and volleyball. As a freshman she was the starting shortstop of Van Meter’s state championship softball team. She has also received two academic achievement awards from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU).